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Football: Non-league club's captain sacked after fan attack on Cantona anniversary

Published on Jan 26, 2014 10:30 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - The captain of English minor league club Goole Town has been sacked for going into the stands and attacking a fan - on the 19th anniversary of Manchester United's Eric Cantona's infamous gongfu kick on a supporter at Selhurst Park.

Karl Colley, 30, a former trainee at Newcastle United, reacted to abuse from fans after he was sent off in a Northern Premier League match on Saturday.

He appeared to throw a punch as Goole staff, including assistant manager Curtis Woodhouse, a former Premier League player and professional boxer, tried to restrain him.

A statement from Goole, who play four divisions below the Football League, read: "After the deplorable incident at today's home game against Coalville Town, we can confirm that the player responsible has been released by the club.

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